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Read this: Tai Shan, Beat Ya Feet Kings, Patti Smith's memoir, new albums from Lady Antebellum and Charlotte Gainsbourg

Good afternoon, everyone. It's official: Tai Shan will move to China on Feb. 4, and he will get there via FedEx. His last public showing is on Feb. 3, after which time the grieving can begin and we can hopefully move on with our baby panda-loving lives.

In other news:

  • Wil Haygood spends some time with the local Beat Ya Feet Kings, winners of MTV's "America's Best Dance Crew" Season 4, who still can't quite relate to their newfound stardom:

    They're mostly unemployed, although a couple have a little part-time work on the side. Four of the Kings have little children. Right now, in this empty Mount Airy dance studio -- on a wall, there's an amateur painting of President Obama embracing Michelle -- some of the children are scampering around munching on Skittles while their parents practice. Parents with bills to pay and restless feet.

  • Patti Smith's memoir, "Just Kids," is a tender tribute to both Robert Mapplethorpe and New York City.

  • New music is out today from Lady Antebellum ("a cluster of soft-rock tunes that boast enough steel guitar" to stay in the country music aisles), The Magnetic Fields ("an all-acoustic disc," inspired by Judy Collins albums), Corinne Bailey Rae ("comes off as an intimate tribute to her [late] husband") and Charlotte Gainsbourg (songs are "typically disjointed yet catchy," all composed by album producer Beck).

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  • By The Reliable Source  |  January 26, 2010; 1:11 PM ET
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    Um... you might want to read your own stories... Beat Your Feet Kings did NOT win ABDC. They were sent home about 1/2 way through the season... (and they really did a great job while they were there!)

    Posted by: ajanders | January 27, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

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